Below is a newspaper clipping from the Whig and Tribune (Jackson, TN) August 23, 1873 edition.
In looking at this article I began to wonder what exact place was within three miles of Ripley and honestly that could have been so many places. This event occurred towards the end of the Reconstruction period, so it’s not surprising that it happened. What is inspiring is that African Americans were busy building institutions in the area and that education was a priority, even though there were those who sought to ruin it.
1873 also happens to be the year that Sampson Keeble was the first African American elected to the Tennessee state legislature.
– Source: Whig and Tribune (Jackson, TN) August 23, 1873 edition